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Gaza mon amour

Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser
Les Films du Tambour (Rani Massalha, Marie Legrand), Riva Filmproduktion (Michael Eckelt), Ukbar Filmes (Pandora da Cunha Telles, Pablo Iraola), Made in Palestine Project (Rashid Abdelhamid), Jordan Pioneers (Khaled Haddad)
Running Time:
Palestine, France, Germany, Portugal, Qatar
Main Cast:
Salim Daw, Hiam Abbass, Maisa Abd Elhadi, George Iskandar, Hitham Al Omai, Manal Awad
Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser in collaboration with Fadette Drouard
Christophe Graillot
Véronique Lange
Production Designer:
Tarzan and Arab Nasser
Costume Designer:
Hamada Atallah
Andre Matthias
Tim Stephan, Roland Vajs, Pedro Góis


Gaza, today. Sixty-year-old sherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works as a dressmaker at the market. Finally determined to propose, he discovers an ancient statue of Apollo in his fishing net, which he decides to hide at home. When Hamas discovers the existence of this mysterious treasure, troubles start for Issa... Will he succeed in declaring his love to Siham?

directors' statement

With this film, as with our previous work, we seek to give a glimpse of everyday life on this small piece of land called Gaza. It is a strange place, where the simplest situations can turn out to be immensely complicated. While stuck in this gloomy situation, our protagonist sees life differently. Issa is a romantic and, despite the conservative traditions of his country, despite his age, despite the endless political problems, he makes a stand for the right to love, which makes him a true resistant. The tone of the film may be funny, dark or even bitter at times, but above all it is tender and melancholic, just like Issa and Siham. The most beautiful stories are sometimes the simplest.


PRODUCTION 1: Rani Massalha, Marie Legrand - Les Films du Tambour
102 Quai Louis Blériot
75016 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 632439185

PRODUCTION 2: Michael Eckelt - Riva Filmproduktion
Friedensallee 14-16
D – 22765 – Hamburg, Germany
Tel. +49 40 390 62 56

PRODUCTION 3: Pandora da Cunha Telles,Pablo Iraola - Ukbar Filmes
Rua Conde Redondo, 60, 4º
1150-108 – Lisboa, Portugal
Tel. +351 934 223 163

PRODUCTION 4: Rashid Abdelhamid - Made in Palestine Project
8 Al Karmel Street
00970 – Ramallah, State of Palestine
Tel. +970 599 500 666

OTHERS COPRODUCTIONS: Jordan Pioneers (Khaled Haddad)

WORLD SALES: Violaine Pichon – Versatile
65 rue de Dunkerque
75009 – Paris France
Tel. +33 627725839

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